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Inspection Detail



Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $630 $0 $0 $0 $0 $630
Current Penalty $490 $0 $0 $0 $0 $490
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19100106 B06 08/09/1985 08/12/1985 $490 $630 $0 08/22/1985 R - Review Commission
  2. 01001B Serious 19100252 D02 XV 08/09/1985 08/12/1985 $0 $0 $0 08/22/1985 R - Review Commission
  3. 01001C Serious 19100252 D01 II 08/09/1985 08/12/1985 $0 $0 $0 08/22/1985 R - Review Commission
  4. 01001D Serious 19100252 D02 III 08/09/1985 08/12/1985 $0 $0 $0 08/22/1985 R - Review Commission
Deleted 5. 01001E Serious 19260352 B 08/09/1985 08/12/1985 $0 $0 $0 08/22/1985 R - Review Commission
Deleted 6. 01001F Serious 19260352 E 08/09/1985 08/12/1985 $0 $0 $0 08/22/1985 R - Review Commission

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14262638 Event: 07/18/1985Storage Tank Exploded, Killing Nearby Employees
ON JULY 18, 1985, AT APPROXIMATELY 2 PM, A MAINTENANCE MECHANIC, HIS HELPER AND A CRANE OPERATOR WERE INSTALLING CATWALKS ON THE PRODUCT AND STORAGE TANKS IN THE TANK FARM. TANK 3A COULD NOT BE BLANKED WITH A METAL DISK, SO A PLASTIC DRUM LINER WAS PLACED OVER THE VENT AND OVERFLOW PIPE. THERE HAD BEEN SOME OXY-ACETYLENE CUTTING ON THE CATWALK IN THE VICINITY OF THE PLASTIC BAG OVER THE VENT AND OVERFLOW PIPE. SOMEHOW THE METHANYL VAPORS FROM TANK 3A WERE IGNITED. THE FIRE SPREAD TO THE TANK, CAUSING THE ENTIRE TANK TO EXPLODE. THE CONCUSSION FROM THE EXPLOSION KILLED THE MAINTENANCE MECHANIC AND HELPER THAT WERE ON THE TANK CATWALK. THE CRANE OPERATOR DIED FROM BURNS RECEIVED FROM THE BURNING PHENOLIC RESIN THAT WAS BLOWN ONTO HIS BODY BY THE EXPLOSION.
Keywords: flammable vapors, storage tank, explosion, concussion, tank, burn, welding
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 18613976 Fatality Concussion Supervisors, mechanics and repairers
2 18613976 Fatality Concussion Supervisors, mechanics and repairers

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